Thursday, November 11, 2010

Think Globally-Play Locally: Peter Pan, Traces, Recycling Week, Kidical Mass, Ralph's World, and More...

Here's a short list of the best theatre, music, art and eco. happenings for the coming weekend:

Lookingglass Peter Pan

We ♥ snarky fairies!   This is not your Disney Peter Pan.   Lookingglass has created a compelling, urban, edgy production with punk pirates in black leather and Tink, true to Barrie's storyline, as a jealous rival for Peter Pan's affections, who goes so far as to call Wendy a slut and try to thwart her at every turn. 

Lookingglass cautiously recommends this show for the 12 and up crowd, so we did a parents night out for the first round.  The pirates are intense, but if you're not particularly prudish parents, there's nothing too over the top for most older children.   Just don't expect any sparkly wings and green tunics here.  We thought the production was lots of fun and plan to bring our 7 & 9 year olds.   ChiIL Mama will have a full review up this week.   Check out the Lookingglass site HERE for details.

ChiIL Mama also highly recommends Traces.   Like Peter Pan, Traces characters also utilize chalk drawing on the stage floor, fly through the air, and play on a stripped down, industrial stage.   This high art pairing of conceptual performance art and impressive circus arts was right up our urban alley.   We'll have a full review up this week.   Click HERE for details.

Humanities Fest  It's that time of year again, and the annual Chicago Humanities Fest is brimming with too many amazing events to mention.   If you haven't gone yet, it ends November 14th.   So check out their site, before it's too late.  This year's theme is The Body.

Nov. 12 &13th:

DRUMLine Live & Ralph's World: Family Friendly Entertainment at The Center for Performing Arts at GSU

DRUMLine Live on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., returning by popular demand following a sold-out 2009 Center engagement.  Theatergoers will be wowed by hot choreography and athletic feats performed by steppers, the rhythmic sounds of trumpets, and the speed and pulsating force of the drumline.  The “DRUMLine Live” cast is assembled from students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country. 


Saturday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. brings Chicago's kid-rock sensation and Playhouse Disney music star Ralph Covert to The Center for Ralph's World, a special concert event that will feature greatest hits and songs from his new album. 

Free Market--(trickle down economics, the way it should work)
Everything is FREE!!!!
Sat. November 13th, 10am-2pm

White Rose Catholic Worker Community
2127 W. Devon Ave (just east of the Salvation Army parking lot)

This is an outdoor event so dress warm!
There will be hot drinks and chili to eat!.

This is a chance to share both physical items and personal
skills/gifts.  Feel free to bring items to give away and/or skills to
share.  Bring and/or take items….everything is free!
Some skills that will be shared: worm composting, back massage, craft 
table, music, hair cuts, etc.

There will be plenty of items as well: clothing, kitchenware, books,
movies…and much more!

All are welcome!  This will be a kid friendly event!  If people would
like to drop off items early, any time after 8am is fine.  Leftover
items at the end of the day will be donated to a local non-profit 

Leave it if you've got it.   Take it if you need it.

photo:  kenazworks 2010


Happy Recycling Week--Check out Planet Green  

Don't Miss Recycling Week Kick-Off

Celebrate Your Year-Long Recycling Habit--Recycling Week is here! Even though recycling is an important part of our lives every day -- and not just this week -- it's important to recognize the good that it can do, the benefits that are derived from it, and the ways that we can continue to improve it.

So, indulge in a little celebration for recycling, learn more about how it works and why it's important, and apply those lessons to your year-round recycling habit with our Recycling Week feature.

Bask in Recycling Week with Incredible Features

photo:  kenazworks 2010
photo:  j james 2010

Join us on Saturday November 13th for Kidical Mass at Palmer Square.

Social Meet-up time 10:30 am
Ride starts at 11:00 am

We will loop the Square for the littlest kids and then head off into the streets in a different route every month.
Please RSVP to the ride so we know how many are attending. If you join this KIdical Mass
chainlink group, we will be able to send you reminder announcements about upcoming rides too...)
photo:  kenazworks 2010

November 13th check out the Battle of The Bands at The Kinetic Playground at 8pm.

This Saturday, Chicago Bluegrass and Blues organizers, along with your help, will choose two talented bands to win a spot at the main event on 12/4 at the Congress Theater.  Now in its third year, the annual indoor music festival being held in Chicago from December 3-5th, 2010 at the Double Door, Congress Theater, and Lincoln Hall. The winning bands will be showered with praise and good fortune and win bragging rights to last a lifetime. Plus, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to share the main stage with Edward Sharpe, Grace Potter, and living legend Honeyboy Edwards? 

Out of over 30 band submissions, only two lucky acts will win a coveted spot at CBB Fest and $250.  But first, we need to whittle away the others in a CBB Last Banjo Standing play off contest this Saturday at Kinetic Playground. 

Voting is currently underway and everyone who wants to make a life- changing difference for some deserving artists is encouraged to vote once per day at through 11:59pm on November 12, 2010. Each e-mail address will be allotted one vote per day.

Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival organizers will choose 5 of the TOP 10 Vote-Getting artists to play a battle of the bands at the Kinetic Playground, at which we'll choose our two winners.  The Last Banjo Standing Battle of the Bands is open to the public, and will be held at Kinetic Playground on Saturday November 13th. Admission is $7, doors open at 8pm, music begins at 9pm, and this is a 21+ show.

“The Last Banjo Standing contest is a fantastic opportunity for local bands to join an amazing line up of national headliners for a set on a Chicago stage,” says Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival producer Michael Raspatello, “The Shams, Sexfist, and Great Divide, former LBS winners have all been playing CBB fest ever since.”  

Is your favorite band in first place? Vote for the finalists online to make sure your favorite band wins a spot in the Last Banjo Standing play-off at Kinetic Playground on 11/13, and a spot on the Congress Theater Stage on December 4th, 2010!

ABOUT CBB FEST:  The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival will be held December 3- 5th, 2010, and will offer a musical reprieve from the merciless Chicago Winter by adapting elements of a summer music festival to the historic and intimate indoor setting. In addition to nearly 30 hours and 5 stages worth of nonstop music, the weekends activities will be open to all ages, and includes a pickin’ circle, a live-art exhibition and indoor gallery, charitable raffles, film screenings, and impromptu marching band performances.  Bring your instruments, lawn chairs, hoola hoops, and your children – there is no charge for kids under 12.

Location: Double Door, Congress Theater, Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL 60607
Dates:  Friday December 3rd | Saturday December 4th | Sunday, December 5th (Admission: $35 for single-day passes, $50 for 3-day passes

For additional festival and concert information, 3-Day Passes and Single-Day Tickets, please visit

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